Prof. Devesh Walia

Environmental Studies Department

Designation: Professor


M. Tech. (Applied Geology); Ph. D. (Geological Sciences)

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

Structure and Tectonics of NE Indian region and the research areas where significant contributions have been made include magnetotellurics; radon emanation studies; micro-seismology; global positioning system, seismic disaster management and mitigation; Earthquake forecasting; Remote Sensing and GIS. 

Experience:       30 years (Teaching and Research)

Publication/Books:  Research papers in reputed National and International Journals.

Research Projects: 

Completed number of research projects funded by various agencies such as North-Eastern Council, Shillong; Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi; Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, New Delhi;  BARC-BRNS, DAE, Mumbai; DST- RFBR joint research project.

Ph. D. Awarded/Supervised: 04

(on Geophysical Studies of the Deep Crustal Structure of North Eastern Indian region using Magnetotelluric Techniques; Hydrogeochemical Study of Hot Springs of the North East India; Study of Seismicity and Active Tectonics in the South Eastern part of the Shillong Plateau; Aquifer Characteristics and Flow Modelling for Groundwater Management in Nartiang- Nongbah, Jaintia Hills; Flow Characterisitics and Quality Assessment of Groundwater in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.

Administrative responsibilities undertaken:

Has been 2/Lt and Lt, 20 Miz Indep Coy NCC as NCC Officer; Head, Department of Geology, PUC, Mizoram University; Head, Department of Environmental Studies, NEHU.

Academic affiliations :

Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Earth Observatory of Singapore, NTU, Singapore; Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Navi Mumbai; National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.

Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars:

Participated and presented research findings in various National and International conferences/seminars/workshops held in India and abroad. Invited to deliver keynote address, state of art lecture and chair the session in different National and International conferences/seminars/workshops. Organised National and International conferences/seminars/workshops.


Collaboration with IPE, Troisk; EOS-NTU, Singapore; NGRI, Hyderabad

Any other:

Life fellow and Executive Committee member of Geological Society of India; Indian Geophysical Union and life fellow of  Indian Society of Remote sensing and life member of a number of academic and professional bodies including Indian Geological Congress; Indian Science Congress Association; The Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Society of India; Indian Society of Earth Sciences; Indian Association of Earth Scientists; Indian Seismological Research Society; Indian Association of Hydrologists; Indian Geomorphologists Institute; Indian Geomatics Society; Indian Society for Remote Sensing (ISRS); Secretary, Indian Society For Training And Development (ISTD).

Attended the Industry – Academia workshops on Upstream Petroleum Technology- Geology and Geophysics at Kaziranga, Gandhinagar and Duliajan. Referee of a few scientific journals; Expert in the area of disaster management and mitigation and Member of the Shillong Disaster Management Plan Technical committee; Observer while the mock drill was conducted in Meghalaya with special reference to seismic disaster. Member of the Term Review Committee of GSI- NER. Member of the Sectional Committee (ESS) for 2009 to 2011 (97th and 98th Indian Science Congress). Sectional Recorder, Earth System Sciences Section, ISCA (100th and 101st ISC) (2013 - 2014); PRESIDENT, EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, INDIAN SCIENCE CONGRESS ASSOCIATION, KOLKATA (2017-2018); Chapter Convenor, Shillong Chapter, ISCA, Kolkata.

Expert Committee member, Landslide Hazard Mitigation, DST, New Delhi; Expert member, District Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (DIEAA), East Khasi Hills, District; Advisory Group Member on Benefit Sharing Strategy for the Meghna Basin (Bangladesh and India) by International Union for Conservation of Nature. Chief Coordinator, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Community College; Member, Incubation Centre, NEHU, Management Committee; Member, Planning Committee, NEHU.